The coffee cup made from coffee
Design Talk means time to meet the face behind a brand. Today we make time to get to know Huskee. Huskee is the brand behind the award-winning and reusable coffee cup: Huskee. This Australian brand wanted to create a reusable cup as sophisticated as it is sustainable.
16 billion disposable coffee cups are used each year. These are coated with plastic to laminate the inside and use plastic lids.* Reasons enough to think about other options. Sustainable if possible. Enter driven by passion entrepreneur Saxon Wright. He was brainstorming together with other partners about how to eliminate waste in the coffee chain when he hit upon the idea of making coffee cups from coffee.
* Source: Earth Day Fact Sheet
16 billion disposable coffee cups are used each year. These are coated with plastic to laminate the inside and use plastic lids. Reasons enough to think about other options.
“During the annual harvest season, hundreds of tonnes of raw coffee husks are left to decompose in landfill after the coffee cherry is removed from inside. Looking at these mountains of beautiful, organic material and no sustainable way to use it, we asked ourselves: “What can we do with this?” From there, we developed the concept for the HuskeeCup, a sustainable solution not only for cafes & latte lovers, but also for the coffee production process itself. To create HuskeeCups, we take all that organic waste and repurpose it by featuring the husks as a raw material in the cup’s design. Even better, HuskeeCups are chip and crack resistant, keep coffee hotter for longer, are dishwasher friendly and come in a range of café-ready sizes. “
The award-winning, reusable coffee cup
When coffee is processed, first the skin and fruit is removed, then dried, and finally the husk is hulled off. This is the tough fibrous shell Huskee uses to create the cups. Their unique bio-polymer is what makes it possible. It is built from waste coffee husk and their PP based resin. Huskee opted for materials for durability, food safety and the ability to re-purpose.
The collection includes only two colours as this is the colour of the husk, the other one is pigmented with charcoal. The real reason why they have two colours is because they are easy to separate and recycle at the end of their live. By the way; this zero-waste design even earned the Best in Class award at the Good Design Awards. Approved much.